Freight train wheels start wildfire in central Sweden

Warm and dry weather make for critical wildifire conditions in central Sweden. This week, firefighters tamed a wildfire such as this one, in southern Canada. (Martin Thibault/Radio-Canada)
Firefighters spent Monday and Tuesday battling flames caused by sparks from the wheels of a freight train passing through in eastern Värmland.

The fires are mostly under control but it’s possible they could reignite given the warm, dry conditions in central Sweden.

Leif Gustavsson is the emergency management director for the county. He tells Radio Sweden that local residents have helped firefighters by passing along information as well as providing water and gardening tools.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finland’s last snow melts a month earlier than usual, YLE News

Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Record heatwave in the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish firefighters control forest fire sparked by machinery, Radio Sweden

United States: Alaska’s firefighters are ready for wildfire season, Alaska Public Media

Frank Radosevich, Radio Sweden

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